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CSU + Adobe XD Creative Jam

Participants from eight different CSU schools — including Cal Poly — took part in CSU + Adobe XD Creative Jam on Oct. 11–12. Creative Jams, an event series where local thought leaders share a behind-the-scene peek into their processes and projects; meanwhile, teams compete in a tournament that puts their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Creative Jam participant and second-year art and design major Bianca Gomez shares about her experience:

On October 11, fifty students gathered to participate in Adobe’s CSU Creative Jam 2019.
On Oct. 11, 50 students gathered to participate in Adobe’s CSU Creative Jam 2019.
There were 11 groups with 3-5 students per team.

Adobe Creative Jam notebook
Everyone got free Adobe swag, including this cute sketchbook. Food and drinks
were also provided to the participants.

Students working on Adobe Creative Jam project
In the first two hours, all the teams were gathered in one room and given a
crash course about how to use Adobe XD through a live stream. After, every
team had two more hours to build their app prototype using the program.

Students create an app with Adobe XD
We were given the task to create an app that addresses students’
basic needs insecurities. After brainstorming ideas, we decided to
create an app that deals with mental health by providing students
a resource to talk with others.

Adobe XD interface
Even though no one on my team had used Adobe XD before, the program was
very easy to use, and we had a lot of freedom in the design and flow of the app.

Adobe Creative Jam participant gives thumbs up
We finished just in time and watched every team from San Jose State
and Cal Poly present their projects before we presented
our own over a video conference.

Students present their project at Adobe Creative Jam
All the teams gathered together again to watch the judges talk about the results
and announce the top two teams from each school to continue to the next round.
Unfortunately, my team didn’t make the cut, but we learned a lot about how to
use Adobe XD, and we had such a fun experience.

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